Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

April 04, 2007

Local band films anti-smoking ad

... And Sometimes Why, the top rock group from this year's county Battle of the Bands competition, has filmed an anti-smoking TV commercial for teens that starts airing on county cable TV this month.

For the ad, the band performed "Deathstick," an original song that urges teens not to smoke.

The ad was produced by Smoking Stinks, a Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. It was filmed at LSP Recording Studios in Cordova. LSP donated studio time, as did Comcast, which filmed and edited the commercial.

Members of ... And Sometimes Why are Nick Cintron, a junior at Archbishop Spalding High School, who sings and plays acoustic guitar; Bobby Crutchley, a St. Mary's High School junior and guitar player; John Hobgood, a senior at Annapolis High School and drummer; Cara Santin, a student at Anne Arundel Community College and keyboard player; and Allison Tullier, an Annapolis High School senior and bass player.

Representing St. Mary's High School, the band won the county's Battle of the Bands competition in January.

The ad will run on Comcast and Millennium Digital Media.

Information: www.smoking stinks-aaco.org.

Rebecca Elon named Clinician of the Year

The American Geriatrics Society has awarded Baltimore Washington Medical Center senior care geriatrician Dr. Rebecca Elon the Clinician of the Year award.

Elon will accept this award next month at the society's national conference in Seattle.

The award recognizes doctors who have gone above and beyond to deliver quality health care to older people by remaining accessible and communicating clearly to patients and families, by maintaining a high level of professional competence through continuing medical education and staying aware of social and ethical issues in the medical field, and by contributing to community health care efforts.

Elon has been with Baltimore Washington Senior Care since its inception in May 1997 and has served as the chair of Baltimore Washington Medical Center's Department of Geriatrics and Sunrise Assisted Living of Severna Park.

Elon is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in geriatrics. She is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, a founding board member of the Maryland Medical Directors Association, and a consultant for the U.S. Justice Department in matters regarding quality of geriatric services for elderly patients in state institutions.

Elon is also a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland schools of medicine.

Annapolis sets annual health fair

Annapolis will hold its annual health fair in conjunction with Anne Arundel Medical Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 in the Griscom Building in Truxtun Park, 273 Hilltop Lane.

The following screenings will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, carotid artery ultrasound, abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound, blood circulation test and bone density ultrasound. The cost is $179. Appointments are required.

Free wellness services will include blood pressure screenings, a nutrition seminar, a body mass index screening, a seated massage, Reiki sessions including gentle massage therapy and deep relaxation techniques.

The Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department will offer a Pilates class from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and yoga from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. These activities can be done in street clothes.

Cafe Gurus will sell boxed lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Information: 1-888-822-FAIR.

Medical center plans activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center has scheduled health care events and activities at various locations:

Monday, 6:30 p.m., Man-to-Man Prostate Support Group meets, Tate Center Conference Room. 410-553-8129.

Tuesday, 6 p.m., Stroke Support Group meets to discuss stroke recovery and prevention, Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center. 410-787-4118.

April 11, 8:30 a.m. to noon, free blood pressure screenings, Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

April 11, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Caregivers Support Group meets, first-floor conference room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive. 410-553- 8129.

April 12, 6:30 p.m., Journeys, a cancer survivors support group meets in the first-floor conference room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Bereavement camps receive donation

Hospice of the Chesapeake's auxiliary has donated $15,000 to Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center.

Nine thousand dollars have been earmarked for scholarships to Camp Nabi, Phoenix Rising and the Wabanaki Retreat; the remaining money will go toward the annual Tree of Lights ceremony.

Camp Nabi and Phoenix Rising are summer bereavement weekends held at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville.

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